Every week, we’re participating in #totalhonestytuesday, sharing the things we’d usually keep off of social media, and giving a little more insight into our real (and very un-perfect) lives. Hopefully, in doing this, we can all feel a little less pressure to appear a certain way online, and remember that everyone around us is much more than just the highlight reel we normally see.
And every Wednesday, we’re collecting stories shared on the hashtag here, so we can read them together and start our mid-week mornings with a little honesty.
ALL RIGHT, IG, y'all didn't ask and y'all shall RECEIVE!! I have lost 35 pounds in the past year-ish of being sober. I eat bad food as a release because being sober is as difficult as it is rewarding. I used to be an athlete and therefore could eat whatever I wanted, and that bad habit continued into my sedimentary lifestyle post-sports. Here is my stomach–it took every fiber of my being not to call it a gut—in all of its stretch-marked and sucked-in glory. I have a long way to go, but that shouldn't stop myself from celebrating losing the 35 lbs I gained from being depressed and miserable post-grad. Now just to get rid of that last 35 from being depressed and miserable in college (jk but not really)! I don't know a single woman, no matter her size, that loves every part of her body, and I'm far from an exception. But here's the thing, we can all improve on our health and fitness, but if we beat ourselves up every step of the way, then we won't improve on the inside either, and the weight will creep right back. I earned this stomach, flaws and all, and I'm gonna embrace it…and cover it back up after this picture. So peace out, bad body image, and helllllooooo…mediocre body image! ✌🏻️ Now if you don't mind, I'll end this post with this song from Jenna Maroney: 🎶My muffin top is all that, whole grain low fat, I know you want a piece of that, but I just wanna dance🎶 #totalhonestytuesday #nottuesday #fitfam #wwmafia #effyourbeautystandards #peaceoutbadbodyimage #30rock #weightloss #transformationtuesday #nottuesdayagain #bluemonday #sobriety #lolitabykatvond #spicebymac #peaceout #AA #Alcoholism #alcoholicsanonymous
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This hangs over the couch in our apartment. It's the prettiest I've ever felt. Totally undone and falling in love about 2 years ago. Since then I've gained so much weight that I'm honestly embarrassed by it. I've always hated exercising and even though I know how to eat right, I just haven't been. But I'm going to try my best to get back on track. While still eating pizza, duh. #totalhonestytuesday – hashtag created by the lovely @faganchelsea ❤️ – photo taken by my one and only, @dezhdez 🌅
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Today's #totalhonestytuesday is both good news and bad news. The good is that my mom, who has spent her adult life decorating, building furniture, and flipping homes, is starting a DIY vertical on TFD to help us clueless 20-somethings. The bad news is that my trip to Home Depot this afternoon for supplies for our first project reminded me how utterly incompetent I am when it comes to anything home related. Sometimes I feel like I've skated by my whole life because I know a lot of people who know how to build and fix things, and meanwhile I can barely change a lightbulb. Here's to hoping that changes.
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Today for my $3 treasure hunt on TFD, I put together a look from yard sale finds, which meant taking pictures of myself in that look. I had a great time, but I think my 34 outtakes prove I will clearly never be a picture-perfect fashion and beauty blogger, perhaps because of my height, or maybe just because WHERE IS MY HAIR IN THIS PHOTO? Anyway, for my #totalhonestytuesday, here's one of the less favorable pictures from the "shoot" on my neighbor's porch. I have to admit it's not the worst of the outtakes, because those I deleted immediately off my phone out of embarrassment.
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i was at a loss for something for #totalhonestytuesday, and then i passed this picture of my little brother, who will be 18 and graduating this year. in all honesty, i never thought he'd graduate public high school. he's autistic and this world isn't the kindest to people with developmental disabilities. but this week he took his senior portraits and even though i still worry, i'm so proud to be proved wrong by this dude every day.
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#totalhonestytuesday Today I'd like to share with you my handwriting. It's the big one on the top. This was a shopping list so I reaaally felt no need to make it pretty. My handwriting has always been pretty distinctive. People from teachers to friends to classmates have commented on it. It's messy and big and all over the place and come's from years and years of writing really fast and it's all me. I'm not ashamed of it, I'm not proud of it, it's just how I write 😀
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For my first #totalhonestytuesday here's me admitting that I'm learning how to meditate. It's a skill I envy very much of my yoga teachers and feel that it could help me be a better friend, coworker, and person in general. I'm hoping this art can also teach me more about myself and my inner warrior (someone I still don't know as well as I'd like.) At least for this session, I had someone there practicing with me. 🐱🙌🏼 #meditate #namaste #breathe #kitten #cuddles #thefinancialdiet
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#totalhonestytuesday I was raised in a household where it was better for a girl to be smart than pretty. While I appreciate my brain, I didn't learn how to really do hair and makeup until my early 30s, and always felt a little behind. To this day, I appreciate the tutorials.
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#totalhonestytuesday I hit my neighbor's car awhile back and destroyed my side mirror. But I'm going to fix it myself and I was able to get a replacement mirror with credit card rewards points. Trying to mitigate the expense of my bad driving. #totalhonestytuesday
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My #totalhonestytuesday? I am very self-critical and susceptible to comparing myself to others – especially when it comes to powerlifting. I work hard to channel my energy into beating my personal records, but as someone who has been very weak my entire life, any day that I'm not progressing I feel like I'm failing. I guess that's that whole mental fitness thing. (8.24.15)
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Share your own honesty next week, and join the conversation.